SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (5): 662-670.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2016.05.003

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Globalization and Regionalization of Complete Auto’s and Auto Parts’ Trade

Lei Zheng1,2,3, Yi Liu1,2(), Weidong Liu1,2   

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    3.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2015-03-11 Revised:2015-06-11 Online:2016-07-20 Published:2016-07-20
  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China (71441037, 41471113,41530751 )]


Under the background of globalization and regionalization, the world’s trade pattern has altered distinctly. Defining trade globalization as the size and complexity of trade network, and regionalization as specific types of linkages betweencountries in the same region, this article analyzes complete auto’s and auto parts’ trade patterns in 2003-2013, and examines whether they become globalized or regionalized using the social network approach. The centrality, E-I index and core-periphery model of the trade network are calculated, and the results are as follows: firstly, exports of auto parts concentrate in emerging markets of east Asia and eastern Europe with the globalization of automobile production, while the exports of complete auto don’t follow that trend. The trade networks of complete auto and auto parts both become denser, which means they turn more global; and the interregional ties of their trade network become stronger, implying more regionalized trade; however, the E-I index shows that globalization seems to be dominating the trade of complete auto and auto parts, while the regionalization process is relatively unconspicuous. Secondly, the trade networks of complete auto and auto parts are characterized by the core-periphery structure. During the research period, Germany, Japan and United States are always the core of complete auto trade network. Germany and Japan mainly play the role of exporters; in contrast, United States participates as importer. China, India, Thailand, South Africa and other emerging markets are in the periphery position. At the same time, the nucleus of auto parts trade network changed from United States and Japan into China and Germany. Auto parts’ trade grows rapidly among Asian countries, and China becomes the core exporter. In Europe, the gravity of auto parts trade network moves from west to east. Thirdly, high technology-intensive parts of cars are less global than resource-intensive parts. East Asia becomes the center of electrical and electric components trade as global electronic industry transfers to east Asia. China replaces United States as the organizer of electrical and electric components trade network. As for the pivotal components of auto mobile, engine-parts are traded among fewer countries than other parts. The core of engine-parts’ trade network used to include United States, Japan and Germany in 2003; Unites States fades out while Germany enhances its control. During the same period, the position of central and east European countries raise in European regional engine-parts’ trade network. In addition, the trade network of tires and tubes which have the lowest added valueis organized in a more globalized way, dispersing to China, India, Brazil and other emerging countries. China displaces the core position of Japan in the regional trade network of Asia.

Key words: complete auto trade, auto parts trade, trade globalization, trade regionalization, network analysis

CLC Number: 

  • F119.9